Hood's First Interview As A Viking

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22nd October 2018

As revealed exclusively to Viking Stronghold Members, Widnes Vikings announced the signing of hooker, Liam Hood, for the 2019 season. The Vikings Media Team caught up with Liam after signing the deal to get his thoughts on the move…

 

Liam, welcome to the Vikings. Can you give us a bit of an insight into how you’re feeling and why you committed your future to the club?

“I’m really happy to get it sorted.

“I had a few options but Widnes was the one that stuck out to me, it’s a great club and I want to help push this club back to where it should be in Super League. 

“I spoke to James Rule and he told me the vision he had moving forward and wanting to rebuild this club. He wants to breed the young lads into the team and mix them with the more experienced players and push to finish in that top spot, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

 

For fans who may not have seen you in action, how would you describe your playing style?

"I like the defensive side of the game at hooker, and I like to throw myself about for a little fella.

"The fans can expect me to give 100% every week. I like to think that I'm decent around the ruck and have a nice running game, too. Hopefully I can showcase that next year."

 

You have experience in making the drop down from Super League to the Championship with Leigh last season. Do you think having that knowledge and bringing it to Widnes will be of benefit to us in 2019?

“I think having that experience will definitely help us moving forward. 

“There’s no getting around it, it is a tough league. The Championship gives you games where you have to be mentally and physically prepared, such as the trips up to Barrow and Batley, when it’s cold and wet.  

“I think it’s a benefit that I already have that under my belt, I know what it takes to win games at this level and I’ll be doing my best to help the lads out as much as I can.” 

 

For someone who played in the division last season, tell us what we can expect from the Championship in 2019?

“I’ve played in both Super League and the Championship during my career, and I’ve found that whilst the game is quicker in Super League, it’s a much more physical sport in the Championship. 

“People want to hit you with everything they’ve got. When I looked at the players we’ve already got signed up for next year, such as Hep Cahill, Harrison Hansen and MacGraff Leuluai, we’ve already got a tough pack, which will be nice for me to play behind at 9 next year. 

“We need that physical presence in the side when playing in this league and we’re already looking strong in that area.”

 

You recorded 17 tries in 26 appearances in 2018, should we be expecting similar numbers from you next season?

“I hope so. I like to get over the try-line, and I’m hoping that I can score more than what I have this year. 

“My season was cut short with surgery so I’m looking to make up for lost time and hit a high number next season. 

“I set myself goals every year, and one is to always get into double digits for tries so hopefully I can do that for Widnes."

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